Verdict Reached

Dual British/NZ citizen Flight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall-Smith has been found guilty on five counts of disobeying orders and has been sentenced to 8 months in prison and ordered to pay £20,000 in costs for refusing to serve in Iraq. The doctor who has now been dismissed from the RAF, has already served two tours of duty in Iraq but refused to return last June on the basis that the invasion was illegal and that he therefore did not have to obey orders to serve there. In court, Kendall-Smith began his statement by defining aggression as “the use of armed forces by a state against a sovereign state’s integrity”. He said that as a commissioned officer he was required “to consider each and every order” and to consider their legality under domestic and international law. “I believe that the current occupation of Iraq is an illegal act and for me to comply with an act which is illegal would put me in conflict with both domestic and international law”. In a statement outside the court at Aldershot in Hampshire, Kendall Smith’s defence lawyer said his client felt his actions were “totally justified. He would do the same thing again [and] will appeal against the conviction and the sentence.”


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Booker Prize Winner Keri Hulme Always a Storyteller

Booker Prize Winner Keri Hulme Always a Storyteller

Keri Hulme, the New Zealander whose 1984 novel The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize, has died at her home in Waimate, South Canterbury. She was 74. Hulme worked as…